Losing weight is a huge accomplishment, but your skin doesn’t always thank you for it. After weight loss, it’s common for people to notice loose skin around different parts of their body, especially those who experience rapid weight loss.
Lose Weight Slowly
Rapid weight loss can result in loose skin because the body doesn’t have the proper amount of time adjusting to the new changes. When you lose weight slowly, your skin has time to adapt and shrink at a healthy pace. Most experts recommend losing 2 pounds or less a week to maintain healthy skin.
Eat the Right Nutrients
There are many foods and supplements you can take to help maintain and repair skin elasticity after weight loss. Make sure your diet includes lots of the following:
- Whole Milk
- Vitamin A
- Cottage cheese
- Leafy vegetables
Remember to replenish your body with 100-200 calories of protein-rich foods right after your workout for maximum effect.
Drinking water is one of the most effective ways to keep your skin tight during and after weight loss. Hydration levels severely impact your skin’s elasticity.
Have a Skin Care Routine
A simple skin care routine can go a long way in avoiding sagging skin. Exfoliate daily to improve circulation and remove dead skin cells. Hot baths can help improve skin tone, however, too much hot water can actually reduce skin elasticity. Skin tightening creams are a great option as well.
While it should only be reserved for the most extreme cases, removing loose skin through certain procedures is an option for people who are considering a serious change. Accent Body Contouring is another, less invasive option that uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to treat the loose skin. Dual-layer RF Thermotherapy stimulates the production of new collagen and improves skin surface texture. Treatments are quick and provide steady lasting results. Patients are even able to resume normal activities shortly after.
Your skin is delicate but resilient. If you take the time to care for and maintain your skin throughout your weight loss journey, you will greatly decrease your chance of experiencing loose and sagging skin.
For more information on how to avoid loose skin during and after weight loss, contact the experienced staff at Hollywood Dermatology today!